In the series, "Runaways," a female protagonist goes on adventures accompanied by various
animal companions. The work conjures a picaresque sprit familiar from adventure stories in which
a heroine navigates an exotic and unfamiliar world.
Julie Unruh is interested in identity construction and particularly in the disconnect between personal and shared experience. She utilizes realism, but her paintings also explore the role of the viewer in the creation of coherent images.
I paint figurative works in oil or gouache on paper and board. I frequently incorporate collage into the work. I use color and pattern to evoke emotion and tell stories of daily life where the viewer is drawn into an intimate world.
I'm a storyteller telling stories about our contemporary life as I'm seeing it. And the people in my
stories help me tell my stories. To me it’s folk art, but a very modern, of our time, 21st Century,
NY Urban American kind.
I am a contemporary representational painter who focuses her work on the human experience with figurative images. The images are of New York City, exploring the interaction of people and their environments.
My history paintings reflect life experiences of Brooklyn communities; immigrants, mom and pop shopowners, war veterans and 'ordinary people' who all have stories are the subjects of my colorful, expressionistic images.